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 Spirituality in Hospice Care

Spirituality in Hospice Care

How Staff and Volunteers Can Support the Dying and Their Families

Edited by Andrew Goodhead and Nigel Hartley. Foreword by the Rt Revd Dr Barry Morgan

Quick Overview

An edited collection that offers personal and professional perspectives of what spiritual care is and how it can be understood in relation to end of life and palliative care. With contributions from doctors, artists, volunteers and more, this book shows how spiritual care is not just the prerogative of chaplains.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 9.02in x 5.98in / 229mm x 152mm, 240pp
ISBN: 9781785921025
£19.99

Description

Publishing on the 50th anniversary of the opening of St Christopher's Hospice - widely thought of to be the first modern hospice, combining pain and symptom management with education and training - this edited collection discusses what motivates professionals and volunteers to provide spiritual care. This book shows how the world of hospice care is moving on from Cicely Saunder's, founder of St Christopher's Hospice, legacy to providing spiritual care in a more integrated manner.

With entries from doctors, nurses and CEOs among others, this book informs good practice for professionals and volunteers providing spiritual care for patients and their families. It looks at how, for many of these professionals, spirituality does not have to be grounded in organised religion, but stems from understanding and providing for our human needs.

Reviews

'This book opens up the idea of what 'spiritual' means in wholly original ways, finding it in the lived human experience of dying people and those who accompany them. Honest, open and moving, it takes the questions way beyond the hospice. Valuable reading for anyone involved in providing - or receiving - healthcare.'
- Jessica Rose, writer and psychotherapist

'This new look at spiritual care demonstrates the importance of a multi-professional approach. It seeks to re-integrate spirituality with other aspects of care by professional care-givers and volunteers recognising and responding to spiritual needs through developing a compassionate and attentive relationship with the patient and family. Practical examples help clarify the how and why of spiritual care and its relevance for carers.'
- Prebendary Dr Peter Speck, Hon Senior Lecturer (Palliative Care), Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London

'This book brings together a compelling blend of personal reflection, practical experience, and conceptual exploration of a profoundly important area. Its contributors are often movingly and refreshingly honest, and their collected breadth of experience comes together into a whole that will be deeply thought-provoking for practitioners and non-specialists alike.'
- Bishop Christopher, Portsmouth Diocese

'I commend this excellent book not only to those working within hospice care but also for those working in any aspect of health or social care as we all recognise the essential component of spirituality and its existence in our fellow human-beings. This deeply human book with chapters from leaders within their fields will help us all to learn more and to fully understand the words of the open chapter ... " If spiritual care is understood only as an aspect of an individual's life which can be assessed using measures and outcomes.... then the meaning or heart of spiritual care, of being human itself, is essentially lost".'
- Professor Mari Lloyd-Williams, Professor / Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine, University of Liverpool